1996 Château Pape Clément, Cru Classé Pessac-Léognan
Robert Parker: This is an elegant, complex, distinctive wine that depends on its aromatic complexity and harmonious display of fruit and structure for appeal. It will not knock over tasters with a display of power or muscle. The color is a healthy dark ruby. The wine offers up roasted herb, tobacco, sweet cranberry and black currant fruit aromas. It is medium-bodied, with a rich, layered, silky impression, excellent purity, and soft tannin in the finish. Surprisingly forward, it appears to be on a rapid evolutionary track, although it will keep for 15 or more years.
Château Pape-Clément has been constantly improving ever since the very ambitious Bernard Magrez acquired the estate, and the rising quality over the last 2 decades is proof that a lot of work has been done in the vineyard and the winery. This wine represents a great opportunity to enjoy a fully mature, top-flight claret from a great vintage, at a much lower price than the latest vintage released, or than anything of similar breed from trendier communes. This would be perfect with roasted rack of lamb and wild mushrooms.
Case, 12 Bottles
From a client
Region & country
Pessac-Léognan, Graves, Bordeaux, France
Mature 2006 - 2015